Euthanasia

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Non-religious views towards euthanasia

Some non-religious people are for euthanasia, some are against.

The people who are for euthanasia believe:

  • Some terminal illnesses cannot be controlled, even with the best of care and the strongest of drugs.
  • Everyone has the right to choose how he or she lives and dies.
  • Not everybody will have an easy death, so should be given the option to have one.
  • Euthanasia saves medical costs.

The people who are against euthanasia believe:

  • We shouldn’t be able to control the exact date when we die.
  • Hospices can give palliative care to relieve pain, and increase quality of life.
  • If euthanasia was legalised some people could be forced into ending their lives.
  • Some people who are terminally ill can recover.
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Christian views towards euthanasia

Some groups of Christians are for euthanasia, some are against it.

Most Christians, including roman Catholics are against euthanasia because:

  • Euthanasia goes against the sanctity of life principle. Life is sacred and belongs to God, therefore shouldn’t be controlled by humans.
  • One of the 10 commandments is “Do not kill” euthanasia is a sin, as it is killing human life.
  • God has the power to heal everyone’s illness, and increase people’s quality of life.
  • Euthanasia is playing God

Liberal Christians and some Church of England members believe that euthanasia is acceptable in certain conditions. They believe:

  • The golden rule states that we must love our neighbours. Euthanasia is sometimes the most loving thing to do (situation ethics.)
  • If someone’s brain stem dead and they are on life support then their life has already ended. The life support can be turned off (passive euthanasia.)
  • God will still rescue you and take you to heaven if you die naturally, or if you die artificially.
  • God wants us to have good lives, so we should be able to die peacefully in a pain free manner.
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Christian views towards euthanasia

Some groups of Christians are for euthanasia, some are against it.

Most Christians, including roman Catholics are against euthanasia because:

  • Euthanasia goes against the sanctity of life principle. Life is sacred and belongs to God, therefore shouldn’t be controlled by humans.
  • One of the 10 commandments is “Do not kill” euthanasia is a sin, as it is killing human life.
  • God has the power to heal everyone’s illness, and increase people’s quality of life.
  • Euthanasia is playing God

Liberal Christians and some Church of England members believe that euthanasia is acceptable in certain conditions. They believe:

  • The golden rule states that we must love our neighbours. Euthanasia is sometimes the most loving thing to do (situation ethics.)
  • If someone’s brain stem dead and they are on life support then their life has already ended. The life support can be turned off (passive euthanasia.)
  • God will still rescue you and take you to heaven if you die naturally, or if you die artificially.
  • God wants us to have good lives, so we should be able to die peacefully in a pain free manner.
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